5 Day(s)


Zero to Photoshop Hero in just 5 days and become an Adobe Certified Associate(ACA)

This class provides you with the concepts and skills to use Adobe Photoshop effectively. You get hands-on practice working with basic through advanced techniques to get the most out of your experience. You will learn layer basics, photo retouching and image editing. Whether you are a designer, illustrator, photographer, video artist, webmaster or just a beginner, Photoshop offers you many opportunities to make your images look great.

You will be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam at the end of this course.

Get recognised for the new skills you've just gained. Get Certified.


This class is for all levels of Photoshop users. From complete novices to seasoned users who may wish to take this class in to rid themselves of bad Photoshop habits. Target customers are Advertising Agencies, Marketing Agencies, Production Houses, or departments that work in such disciplines within larger organisations.

Skills Gained

  • enhance an image by removing colour cast,
  • compensate for flash lightning and red eyes,
  • increase/Decrease the contrast and brightness of your artwork,
  • create simple compositions by blending images together or selecting only parts of an image,
  • use colour in Photoshop effectively,
  • create type and produce simple adverts,
  • output an artwork for web,
  • produce advanced face retouching and manipulation techniques,
  • use colour in Photoshop effectively,
  • maximise the potential of Photoshop Brush engine,
  • work with advanced compositions


You will also be prepared for and take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams in Photoshop. Get recognised for the skills you've just gained. Get Certified


Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computer's operating system. For example,you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.

Course Specifics

Course Outline

Managing the Adobe Photoshop Environment
  • Exploring default Workspace and Bridge
  • Introduction to the Toolbar
  • Palette management and Screen real estate
  • History Palette and Undoing Actions
  • Navigation shortcuts
Working with Selections
  • Creating Selections using Magic Wand
  • Adjusting Selections
  • Quick Selection and Lasso tools
  • Combining Selection tools for complex objects
  • Saving and Reloading a Selection
Enhancing an Image
  • Using Levels and Curves
  • Compensate for flash with Shadow and Highlight
  • Variations to quickly decide about a colour cast
  • Hue and Saturation controls
  • Blurring and sharpening using Filters
Painting and Retouching Images
  • Digital darkroom techniques
  • Clone Stamp and Heal tools
  • Creating, saving and loading custom colours
  • Painting with Paintbrush, Pencil or Paint Bucket tool
  • Introduction to Gradients and painting with Gradients
  • Working with Quick Mask mode and Layer Masks
Working with Layers
  • Importing images, Layers and Selections
  • Transforming Layer Objects and using the Smart Objects
  • Starting to build layered compositions
  • Applying Transparency
  • Basic Blending Modes
  • Other goodies as Text Layers, Adjustment Layers and Layer Styles
Outputting your artwork
  • Colour modes, Resolution and Image Size
  • Cropping an image vs Extending the Canvas
  • File formats and optimizing artwork for Web
Managing the Adobe Photoshop Environment
  • Working with Tool Presets
  • Using Layer Comps for layouts
  • Exploring default Preferences
  • Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Camera Raw files functionality
  • Colour management
  • Actions, Droplets and Batch processing
Advanced Image Adjustments
  • Face Retouch and Manipulation
  • Sharpening with Lab Mode
  • Grayscale with Black and White Conversion
  • Advanced effects with Gradient map
  • Photo Filters
  • Creating Panoramic images with Photomerge
  • Affect Perspective using Vanishing Point
Advanced Painting and Retouching
  • Exploring the Brush Engine and creating custom Brushes
  • Working with Patterns
  • Using Smart Filters
  • Liquify Techniques
  • Lighting effects and 3D Textures
Advanced Layer Compositions
  • Replace colour and Colour Range vs Extract
  • Selecting Pixels using Paths
  • Advanced Masking with Calculations
  • Advanced use of Blending Modes
  • Knockouts and Clipping Masks
  • Type on a Path
Advanced Outputting features
  • Animated bitmaps
  • Combining Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Creating Multi Package
  • Getting It Right In Print
Adobe Certification Prep and ACA Exam day
  • Take Practice exam
  • Work through exam preparation sheet
  • Any other questions?
  • Photoshop ACA Exam
  • Pass or fail?

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

Submit an enquiry from any page on this site, and let us know you are interested in the requirements box, or simply mention it when we contact you.

Upcoming Dates

Course Location Days Cost Date
5 997 £997 2018-07-16
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-20
5 2500 £2500 2017-10-16
5 2500 £2500 2017-09-18
5 2500 £2500 2017-08-22
5 2500 £2500 2017-08-15
5 2500 £2500 2017-07-27